With a little help…


A few months back…whilst on the first Playground of the Midlands expedition…I decided to scrap my rucksack full of lenses and bulky SLR camera as I watched my partner in crime, Simon, shooting freely with his G1X and both getting just as decent results (actually often rather better!) as well far more spontaneity in his pictures.  I bought one and have never regretted it for a moment (and neither has my back).  However, as I resolve my most recent paintings to my satisfaction (well nearly) and have started the process of recording and packing them, to go off to the Ashbourne Festival an issue has arisen with the single lens.  It simply isn’t possible to photograph them satisfactorily close up.  Luckily the aforementioned Simon had a solution and better still I’m fortunate to have the space to effect said solution.  Viz. open up the lens to a telephoto and move away from the subject – and as the image above shows (of Ghetto Walk, 75 x 59.8 cm., Acrylic on board, 2016) this has worked out fine.  How it will pan out when I come to a 10 x 8 footer remains to be seen!  Luckily I haven’t any of these on the go at present.

Better Git It…


in your soul…is one of my favourite Charles Mingus tunes. And as one of the sound tracks of the painting process for these ‘Jazz’ pictures what could be more appropriate? They are going on show at the Ashbourne Festival starting on 17th June.

Before that the first two ‘Ragbags’ pop up in the Precious Little show at HMS and that opens on May 22nd.  A fair few more will be featured in the show I’m putting on at HMS in September “All My Senses At Once’ where I dare say a few of these “Jazz’ pictures will also be displayed.  Up until relatively recently I really never bothered a great deal with exhibiting. When showing opportunities came along all well and good but I rarely sought them out.  In my thirties and into my forties that meant a heck of a lot of work was made and never exhibited and, although more things happened whilst I worked in HE Art & Design, that had been the case up until five or ten years back when I started to think that maybe, just maybe, it would be nice to make stuff that people might see!

So if you can come along to one of these three outings (I’m doubting there will be no more opportunities in 2016) and take a look…after all I’ve been fiddling around with these for months (though you might not think so) so it would be nice for them to be seen.